The application process

The following describes the application process for potential students who possess a qualification that entitles them to study at a German university, such as the 'Abitur'. Those who would like to study here and hold foreign qualifications entitling them to study at universities can find more information about the related procedures in the section 'International Applicants'.

Please note that you can apply only for one degree program at a time at the Mainz School of Music. For more extensive information about the individual degree courses, vocational opportunities, and course requirements, please see the section on 'Courses'. We will be happy to advise you in selecting a course of study. Contact information can be found in the column to the right.

Application process

The application process is similar to that for first semester students. Admission to the aptitude test is based upon the admission requirements for the respective degree program.

Applicants who have already begun or completed a degree program at another school of music or conservatory are subject to more stringent requirements in the aptitude test in their major or minor subjects, depending on the length of their prior education.

Acceptance of already acquired degrees and qualifications

Following a successful aptitude test, the process of acceptance of prior degrees and qualifications (placement in advanced semesters etc.) will be initiated by the Office for Degree Programs and Examination Affairs in consultation with the respective degree program directors. All documents required must be included as certified copies with the application to the School of Music.

If you have obtained your school leaving certificate or a study degree abroad, you will need a certificate of recognition of your foreign certificates and diplomas in order to apply for a course of study at the Johannes Gutenberg University (compare below "4. You apply to the university"). This applies to both foreign applicants and Germans.

You can find detailed information, possibilities of online application and all documents needed here: Recognition of foreign certificates and diplomas.

Ausrufungszeichen rotThe application for recognition of foreign certificates can be filed at any time. The processing takes about 6 weeks, thus we advise you to take the application deadlines for the course of study into account and to submit the application early!
Please submit your application before February 10th (to begin your study in winter) or September 10th (to begin your study in summer)!

Submission of the registration form is a binding commitment to participate in the examination. Any applicant who fails to appear for the examination without providing adequate justification in document form (such as a medical certificate) will be judged to have failed the examination. Applicants who fail the exam are allowed to repeat the aptitude test once only.


Please pay attention to the application deadlines:

  • for entry beginning in a winter semester: April 1
  • for entry beginning in a summer semester: November 1

Ausrufungszeichen rotExtension of these deadlines is NOT possible. Several of our degree programs provide for admission in the winter semester only. More information on this can be found in the respective degree program information.

In addition to your application at the Mainz School of Music you have to apply for a place at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz via online application (the application forms are only available during the application periods).

Ausrufungszeichen rotAfterwards the printed and signed application including all appendant documents has to be submitted to university in due time! Make your application early so potential queries, missing documents etc. can be handled and submitted in time.


Application deadline for the summer semester:

  • Master's degree program: November 15 (except for M.Ed.)
  • Bachelor's degree programs: January 15
  • Concert exam/Exam Sound Art Composition/ Master Guitar/M.Ed.: March 01

Application deadline for the winter semester:

  • Master's degree program: May 15
  • Bachelor's degree programs: July 15
  • Concert exam/Exam Sound Art Composition/ Master Guitar/M.Ed.: September 01

Registration for the aptitude test: The student advising office at the School of Music will review whether the formal requirements for admission to the aptitude test in the desired degree program have been met and whether the submitted application documents are complete. We will contact you if anything is missing or unclear.

Application to the university: The Student Service Center at Mainz University will process your application for admission, in consultation with the student advising office at the School of Music if necessary.

You will be informed of the date and time of the aptitude test by the School of Music in writing at least two weeks before the start of the examination. The result of the aptitude test will be sent to you in writing shortly after the aptitude test.

Details about the requirements are to be found here.

Your letter of admission is provided in your JOGU-StINe-account.
To take advantage of the admission offer, you have to transfer the semester fee by the deadline indicated in the letter. The letter will also inform you whether any necessary documentation is still due or whether the acceptance of the admission offer must be confirmed in writing.

... once you have transferred the semester fee and supplied all required documents. The university's Student Service Center will then send you general information about the start of the semester and a regional transit ticket . All other documents concerning your matriculation are to be found in your JOGU-StINe-account.

In the week prior to the start of lectures, introductory events will be held. As a first semester student or transfer student, it is highly advisable for you to attend these. The dates and times of the individual events will be indicated in the enrollment documents. Introductory events for music students are also announced via posters at the School of Music and are published on our website.

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